Craps – How To Play, Odds, Betting

Learn To Play Craps

At first glance, casino Craps may appear too complicated to even bother learning to play. But if you’ve ever watched a live casino craps game, you’ve probably wondered why the players are having SO much fun?! Honestly, Craps is one of the most exciting casino games you’ll ever learn how to play. And it’s not nearly so complex as it seems.

Start out with basic bets, not the more intricate ones. Let yourself ease into the game and develop a natural affinity for Craps. It only hurts your brain when you attempt to learn it all at once.

Winning and losing has everything to do with those two little dice, and how you bet that they would roll, or wouldn’t roll.

Shooter: The Shooter is the player rolling the dice.

Come Out Roll: The shooter’s first roll of the dice is the Come Out Roll. It establishes a Point.

Point: The Come Out Roll establishes the Point, affecting all other rolls from here on out. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled, it becomes the Point. If the first roll is 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 all bets are won or lost, and no Point is established.

Craps Bets

Craps does have a lot of betting options. There are single-roll bets and multi-roll bets; bets geared towards the shooter and against the shooter; bets that can only be made before or after a Point is established. We’ll detail each of them below.

Multi-Roll Bets

Most of your basic bets are found here, so these are the bets you’ll want to start out learning in Craps.

The Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line come first, before the shooters come out roll.

Pass Line: If the shooters first roll is a 7 or 11, you instantly win the bet. If 2, 3 or 12 rolls, you lose. Any other number becomes the Point and your bet becomes a Come Bet (see Come Bet below).

Don’t Pass Bar: If the shooters first roll is a 2, 3 or 12, you instantly win the bet. If 7 or 11 rolls, you lose. Any other number becomes the Point and your bet becomes a Don’t Come Bet (see Don’t Come Bet below).

Come Bet: This bet can only be placed right after a Point is established. It is a wager that the Point will roll again before a 7.

Don’t Come: This bet can only be placed right after a Point is established. It is a wager that the Point will not roll again before a 7.

Place Bet: You choose any number of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, betting that this number will roll before a 7.

Place Bet to Lose: You choose any number of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, betting that this number will not roll before a 7.

Big 6 / Big 8 Bet: The Big 6 and Big 8 bets are just like Place Bets, choosing 6 or 8 to come before a 7.

Hardway Bet: A bet that a specific set of doubles will roll. You can bet on Hard 4 (2+2), Hard 6 (3+3), Hard 8 (4+4) or Hard 10 (5+5). Hard 4 and 10 pay 7 to 1, Hard 6 and 8 pay 9 to 1.

Single-Roll Bets
These bets are won or lost in a single roll of the dice.

Field Bet: A versatile bet that pays off if any of the following numbers roll next – 2, 3, 4, 9 10, 11 or 12.

Proposition Bets: Proposition Bets come in many forms, and have varying pay outs. They are generally considered some of the hardest bets to win at Craps, so avoid them until you’ve become and experienced player.

  • Any Seven: A bet that 1+6, 5+2 or 4+3 will come next.
  • Any Craps: A bet that 2, 3 or 12 will come next.
  • Horn Bet: A bet that 2, 3, 11 or 12 will come next.
  • World Bet: a bet that 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 will come next.
  • Yo Bet: A bet that 11 will come next.
  • 2 or 12: A bet on 2 or 12 to come next.
  • 3 or 11: A bet on 3 or 11 to come next.
  • Hardway 7, 1+6: A bet that 1+6 will come next.
  • Hardway 7, 2+5: A bet that 2+5 will come next.
  • Hardway 7, 3+4: A bet that 3+4 will come next.

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